The South Pole Discovery flight is a unique one-off opportunity for real Antarctica enthusiasts. This awe-inspiring roundtrip (running for approximately 16 hours) aims to retrace the paths of iconic explorers wherever possible - all in the warmth and comfort of a chartered Qantas Dreamliner.
The current plan is to follow Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s route to the South Pole (as much as time and weather will permit) on the outward journey. Your pilot will endeavour to pass over Ross Island which Scott used as his base for his attempts on the South Pole. From there, we plan to follow Scott’s route south across the Ross Ice Shelf towards the Transantarctic mountains where it may be possible to fly over the Beardmore Glacier, which Scott used as his pathway from the Ross Ice Shelf up to the Polar Plateau.
From the Transantarctic Mountains we will continue across the Antarctica Polar Plateau (the dome of ice which comprises central Antarctica) all the way to the South Pole. Conditions and regulatory approval allowing, we hope to see the South Pole Station, manned year around by a team of international scientists.
If time allows, we hope to return via Roald Amundsen’s South Pole route, travelling South to the Axel Heiberg Glacier, which was Amundsen’s route from the Ross Ice Shelf to the Polar Plateau. From there we will attempt to travel across the Ross Ice Shelf to the Bay of Whales, Amundsen’s start points, and the location Amundsen moored his ship, the Fram, for his South Pole expedition. It is from here that we will make our way back towards Australia, where the flight will end.
One date only - 27 November 2021
For the regular Antarctica flights we will spend 3 - 4 hours flying over the Antarctic continent and weather permitting we’ll hope to reduce the flying altitude to approximately 20,000 feet to give improved viewing of some areas. The South Pole Flight will spend significantly longer over Antarctica, mostly at cruising altitude as we aim to reach the South Pole.
The main focus of this flight will be to retrace these historic routes taken by Scott and Amundsen. Like the explorer’s faced before us, Antarctica is unpredictable, and the weather can change by the hour. We strive to provide the best experience possible but unfortunately reliable weather is not guaranteed once we take off from Australia. We could see an abundance of ice and mountains, or it could be just clouds. Unlike other flights we will not have the option to take alternative routes to suit the weather on the day, yet we have carefully picked the best time of year to fly. With a 50% chance of having clear visibility, we will be travelling almost 6,000 km to get to the South Pole.
You may see everything, or you may not, and must be prepared for anything. This flight is like the expeditions of past, with potential for poor visibility but the prospect of a magical trip that few can claim to have done; to say that you’re one of the few individuals in human history to have visited the South Pole or had the chance to appreciate the enormity of Shackleton’s, Scott and Amundsen’s journeys.
Flight is subject to CASA and other regulatory approvals.
Deposit and final payments A non-refundable deposit per passenger is due at the time of booking equivalent to:
1. Economy class seats AUD$500.00 per person
2. Premium Economy AUD$750.00 per person
3. Business class seats AUD$1000.00 per person
Final payment of your booking balance is required eight weeks prior to your departure date.
Book with Confidence. Should your flight not be able to depart due to government restrictions with coronavirus, you can choose from either of the following:
1. Transfer to an alternative departure date at no extra cost. Subject to availability.
2. Receive a full refund, excluding a $75 per person administration fee.
3. A 100% travel credit to use when booking another Chimu Adventures product.